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'Fast & Furious 6' has some plot holes but is an entertaining ride

'Fast & Furious 6' will doubtless be satisfying to longtime fans of the franchise.

By Ben KendrickScreen Rant / May 24, 2013

'Fast & Furious 6' stars Dwayne Johnson (l.), Vin Diesel (center), and Luke Evans (r.).

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Fast & Furious 6 picks up after the successful Rio heist in Fast Five, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew having given up their lives of crime, spending their hard-earned (read: stolen) money jet setting, wooing supermodels – or in the case of Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), adjusting to fatherhood. All seems well until Diplomatic Security Service Agent, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), tracks Toretto down, requesting the team’s assistance in stopping an international terrorist – in exchange for full U.S. pardons.

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Toretto agrees to help and the rest of his crew assemble in London, where they come face-to-face (or car-to-car) with infamous Ex-Special Forces soldier-turned-robber Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), along with his team of cold-blooded killers and expert gear-heads. With only days to stop Shaw from acquiring a dangerous piece of technology, Toretto and his team find themselves out-manned, out-gunned, and forced into taking desperate measures in order to stop the terrorist before he can sell his weapon to the highest bidder.

Director Justin Lin returns to helm Fast & Furious 6. The filmmaker joined the series back in 2006 with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and was instrumental in reinvigorating the franchise – ditching the niche car culture drama (dripping with machismo and scantily clad women) in favor of bombastic vehicle stunts. Fast Five was the most successful film in the series – delivering eye-popping driving sequences along with entertaining character moments – does the director up-the-ante with Fast & Furious 6?

Lin’s latest entry successfully pushes the film series to bigger and more outrageous heights, sometimes at the expense of believability and compelling character drama. However, there’s little doubt that franchise fans (along with anyone who enjoyed Fast Five) will be disappointed by Fast & Furious 6. There are a few eye-rolling moments and, as in prior entries, a very heavy-handed message about “family” (along with some awkward legacy story beats) but scene-to-scene the film offers a no-holds-barred flurry of memorable action and tongue-in-cheek character moments that will definitely entertain moviegoers – even if the plot doesn’t hold up under close scrutiny.

The car stunts are bigger (and crazier) than ever before – easily outdoing the scale of the Rio “Vault” scene from the prior film. Moviegoers who had trouble suspending disbelief in Fast Five will face a similar challenge with Fast & Furious 6, but for anyone on-board with the series’ premise, every outrageous sequence is punctuated with plenty of slick visuals and fun one-liners. The film’s climax suffers a bit from overly-frantic green screen shots, making it hard to fully-appreciate individual altercations – which are sometimes lost in a blur of fast-moving scenery, punches, and gunplay. However, much like the rest of the film, the sum is often better than its individuals parts, and despite a few disorienting elements in the finale, the full sequence is still immensely exciting – and ranks among the series’ most iconic moments.

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